One of the top questions we get is whether teeth can heal themselves. It is a good question because there is a lot of misinformation out there. You can find people online saying that they have natural ways to heal cavities, cracks, and other damage to your teeth. Are these people onto something or is it too good to be true?
Cavities are tooth decay. You can help prevent them by eating right, making sure you get enough minerals, maintaining the right pH in your mouth, and practicing good oral hygiene. Those steps can also help prevent a cavity from getting worse. However, they will not reverse a cavity. So, no, cavities will not heal naturally. However, if a cavity is not bothering you, the dentist may take a watch and wait approach instead of doing an invasive treatment. If the cavity does not get any bigger, it may not need immediate treatment. However, your dentist may want you to come in for more frequent checkups.
Cracked teeth, even hairline cracks, can not heal themselves, either. Many people think that since teeth are essentially bones, they should heal like bones. However, tooth enamel cannot get fresh oxygen or nutrients, so it cannot heal itself. But, like cavities, they do not always require treatment. If they are not painful, we may watch and wait. However, since cracks also increase your chance of tooth decay, they will probably eventually need treatment. Fortunately, treatments for small cracks can be simple, non-invasive, and more affordable than you think.
Larger chips, breaks, and cracks are not going to heal themselves, either. However, unlike some cavities or hairline fractures, they almost always require immediate care. Leaving them increases your risk of developing tooth decay. It can also lead to other problems in your mouth. So, you want to get those problems treated as quickly as possible.
If you are experiencing a problem with your teeth, Comprehensive Dentistry can help. In addition to routine dental care, we provide emergency dental care. So, contact us if you need help with your teeth.